Blue Reverie

Blue Reverie

by Jim GallowayJim Galloway


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Jim Galloway's Wee Big Band has been in existence for 30 years, but surprisingly, Blue Reverie is only its third recording. The orchestra (which, despite its name, is a full-size, 17-piece jazz ensemble) is as swing-oriented as its leader. On Blue Reverie, in addition to a few newer arrangements, vintage charts by Jimmy Mundy, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Benny Carter, Buck Clayton, and Chico O'Farrill ("Chicago") have been transcribed from recordings. But rather than re-creations, these live performances sound very much alive, the solos are improvised, and the Jim Galloway Wee Big Band has a musical personality of its own. All but three of the musicians have opportunities to solo, with the standout performances being Gordon Evans' alto on "Isfahan," the swinging ensembles on Benny Carter's "Symphony in Riffs," and the odd, floating Gerry Mulligan arrangement of "If You Were the Only Girl in the World."

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2008
Label: Sackville Records
UPC: 0778132206828
catalogNumber: 2068
Rank: 125670

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jim Galloway   Primary Artist,Leader,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Laurie Bower   Trombone,Soloist
Dave Caldwell   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Lawson   Trombone,Soloist
Martin Loomer   Guitar
Don Vickery   Drums,Soloist
Alex Kundakcioglu   Trumpet,Soloist
Gordon Evans   Clarinet,Reeds,Alto Saxophone
Brigham Phillips   Trumpet,Soloist
Rosemary Galloway   Bass,Soloist
Kim Payne   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Suttie   Trombone

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Acker Bilk   Composer
Buck Clayton   Arranger
Benny Goodman   Composer
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger
Jim Galloway   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Irving Mills   Composer
Jimmy Mundy   Arranger
George Williams   Arranger,Composer
Benny Carter   Composer
Jaki Byard   Composer
Bruce Cassidy   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Arranger,Composer
Chico O'Farrill   Arranger
Billy Strayhorn   Arranger,Composer
John Norris   Liner Notes
Ed Lewis   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Bill Airey Smith   Formatting
Rosemary Galloway   Arranger
Jake Langley   Engineer
Nat D. Ayer   Composer

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